2015 M-E TOPS JC BUT THINGS ARE ABOUT TO CHANGE IN CLASS A
written by TJM
The 2015 season appears to have made a dramatic turn in section four where class A High School football is concerned and Johnson City is smack in the middle of the drama. Following the display they put on against the Spartans on Friday night, it’s a flat out mystery how it is they’d suffered two losses coming into their meeting with M-E. While they were not able to avoid a 15 point loss, their efforts on the night were as good as any that have challenged Maine-Endwell in their last 56 games. In fact, tighten the reigns on discipline and common sense in a couple of select areas and the Wildcats become a team plenty capable of creating a major road block for M-E where getting out of the section is concerned.
For Maine-Endwell, there’s good news and there’s bad news. The bad news is that they surrendered an entire football field worth of yards resulting from mostly careless penalties. To make matters worse, they suffered three major turnovers at the absolute worst part of the grid, two of which were converted to JC touchdowns, along with already having been short two key players sidelined by injuries. The good news, which in itself is pretty impressive, is that the Spartans committed those blunders and unfortunate setbacks and yet were still able to stamp 45 points and 400 yards of offense on Johnson City. If you thought the Spartans fail rate was high on Friday, compare that to the 145 yards surrendered by Johnson City at the hands of their own penalties and the day as a whole doesn’t look so bad for M-E. Still, erase the penalties and turnovers committed by both teams collectively, and what we had on Friday boils down to a pretty darn good old fashioned slug fest between two really good local teams.
The game, in fact, was made that much better by the promise that each of these teams will meet again to ultimately determine who will move on to the regional quarterfinal of New York State. Yes, there are two other teams out there bidding for that spot taking the form of a Bear and a Tiger, but neither has shown the grit required to get past either Maine-Endwell or Johnson City. Could it happen on a given night? - perhaps, but the offensive force as well as the balanced stopping power presented by the teams competing in this year’s Spar-Cat match are clearly a notch above anything else that section four currently has to offer. If you care at all about class A football in the Southern Tier, you’ll want to be in attendance for the JC vs. Vestal game to be played under the lights at Johnson City on Friday, October 16th. Despite neither of the teams currently holding a prominent title or active record of any form, hear me now, listen to me tomorrow, but believe me that in two week’s time, this game will undoubtedly be the section four, class A game of the year. The following Saturday, Maine-Endwell will host a struggling Union-Endicott in their home coming to a 1:30pm kickoff at Spartan Stadium.